Nearly half of teenage parents in the greater Cincinnati area say their child has been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the latest Interact for Health survey. About 1 in 4 parents of children aged 12-17 said they could still choose to have a syringe.
Why it matters:
Vaccinating children and adolescents is an important measure to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Understanding parents’ attitudes towards vaccination based on public opinion data can help inform public relations and public relations.
As part of the regional #GiveKidsaShot initiative, Interact for Health is launching a digital media initiative to increase vaccination rates among school-age children.
Partners include the Health Collaborative and Cincinnati Children’s. The messages are designed to remind families in the greater Cincinnati area of the benefits of vaccination by using testimonials from local children who received their COVID-19 vaccines and directing families to the Health Collaborative’s online vaccine finder.
Key takeaway data:
• For parents with a child between 12 and 17 years of age:
o 46% say that their child has already been vaccinated.
o 7% say that their child will definitely be vaccinated.
o 22% say that their child will definitely NOT be vaccinated
o 25% have not yet decided whether their child will be vaccinated.
• 60% of parents spoke to their child’s pediatrician about the COVID-19 vaccine.
o Of these, 78% say their pediatrician recommended the vaccine for their child.
• 54% of parents think they have enough information about the COVID-19 vaccine in children.
“We are still seeing children hospitalized with COVID as well as children struggling with the secondary effects of the pandemic,” said Patty Manning, MD, chief of staff, Cincinnati Children’s. “Our medical center has vaccinated tens of thousands of adults and children to date, and we continue to run vaccination clinics in locations across the region. Cincinnati Children’s strongly encourages parents to have their children vaccinated. This will protect our children so that they can return to the activities that are so important to their health. “
“COVID-19 continues to be a serious health concern for young people in our community,” said Ross Meyer, VP of Strategy for Interact for Health. “But we have effective strategies to prevent the virus from spreading, such as: More importantly, vaccination is a way for children to get back to doing things they enjoy, such as birthday parties, sports, and meeting up with friends or family. The #GiveKidsaShot campaign puts local children in the spotlight and lets them tell why they are excited about the vaccination. “
You can find more survey data at https://www.interactforhealth.org/whats-new/349/covid-19-vaccines-and-children/.